Winemaker's Tasting Note
Complex aromas of plum, dark berries, rhubarb, black pepper, anise, Cuban cigar and mocha lead into a rich notes of mixed berry cobbler and cocoa powder on palate. Fine tannins and bright acidity give a pleasing structure and the layered and long-lasting finish will keep you coming back for more. Approachable enough to drink as a stand-alone wine, this also makes a great food wine. The stelvin closure does a wonderful job of encapsulating and preserving the fruit character.
The relaxed, high-quality 2012 harvest was a winemaker’s dream. The ideal growing season—well-timed rains, no frost during budbreak, and perfect weather for bloom, berry-set and ripening—was textbook Napa Valley. Long stretches of sunny days coupled with foggy nights gave our 2012 wines exceptionally rich, expressive flavors and impeccable balance. We had no weather pressures, from either pending rains or excessive heat, to rush the harvest. Instead we had the luxury of waiting until the grapes reached absolutely perfect maturity.